OFFSHORE- Weather this week has kept most boats at the dock, and reports to somewhat of a minimum. Conditions look like they are lining up for a solid sailfish bite this weekend. A couple days of sustained north winds should get the sails up tailing in the waves and enjoying the oxygen rich water on the surface. Live goggle eyes under the kites will be a solid choice as always; but don't overlook a live sardine or threadfin on the flatline as well. Later in the season (although these days who knows what sailfish "season" really is!) a smaller bait is often times preferred by the sails. Expect the dolphin to be mixed in with the dolphin in 150-250' of water depending on conditions. Springtime run of dolphin isn't here just yet, but really shouldn't be far off. For the time being it's still primarily smaller packs of dolphin, with the average size being around 8-12 pounds and a few big ones in the mix. Blackfin tuna reports continue to improve on a weekly basis, and that really shouldn't slow down anytime soon. Cobia reports have also finally started to improve. The cobia have been in 90-100' of water, and more than anything it's being lucky and landing in the right spot for them more than targeting them. Bottom fishing reports were slow this week (Largely in part to nobody going...), but will no doubt be pretty good when conditions improve.
INSHORE- Snook fishing has been good again this week inshore. We aren't talking huge numbers, but putting in the time should result in a few bites. The topwater bite has been good early morning and on the better part of the tide changes. Live mullet fished along ambush points, along seawalls with current, and under boat docks with access to deeper water are all also working very well. A fair number of tarpon around in the Loxahatchee River this week as well. The tarpon have also been keyed in on the mullet. The jacks showed up briefly inshore, but seem to have pushed out as quick as they came in. Sheepshead action has pretty much dried up, but maybe a late season one or two around. Palm Beach Inlet remains pretty good for the jacks, and also some tarpon at night.
SURF/PIER- Pompano fishing remains good along thew beach right now. The numbers have slowed a bit over the past few weeks; but still definitely fish to be caught. Shrimp, clams, FishBites, and FishGum have all been good choices for the pompano. The Juno Beach Pier, and also Jupiter Inlet, have been producing a few pompano on Doc's Goofy Jigs. Bright colors (orange, pink, chartreuse) all seem to be working pretty well. A few late season bluefish around still, though they are tapering off a bit numbers wise. The Juno Beach Pier has had a good bite on croakers this week. Fresh pieces of shrimp has been the bait of choice. Still a bit early, but snook reports continue to improve from the pier on a weekly basis. Most of the fish are on the smaller side, with a few slots mixed in. The snook are starting to eat live baits which is a good sign that they are getting more active. Sharks are still around in good numbers if your looking for something bigger to pull on!
NOAA MARINE WEATHER:
FRIDAY...North northwest winds 15 to 25 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet along the coast and 4 to 6 feet with occasional to 8 feet in the Gulf Stream. Period 6 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
SATURDAY...Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas around 2 feet along the coast and 2 to 4 feet with occasional to 5 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
SUNDAY...North northwest winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to north northwest 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the Gulf Stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet along the coast and 5 to 7 feet with occasional to 9 feet in the Gulf Stream. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
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